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Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid, the nation’s health coverage program for poor and low-income people, provides millions of lowincome women across the nation with health and long-term care coverage. Women comprise the majority of the adult Medicaid population—before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and today. For women, the program offers coverage of a wide range of primary, preventive, specialty, and long-term care services which are important to them across their lifespans. Given the critical lifeline that the program provides for low-income women and their families, changes to the program financing and structure have significant implications for low-income women’s access to coverage and care. This factsheet presents key data points describing the current state of the Medicaid program as it affects women.


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